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A member of one of the first recruited classes of women’s basketball players after Columbia became an NCAA Division I program, Kathy Gilbert White was one of the most dominant defenders in the history of Ivy League women’s basketball and remains one of Columbia’s best overall players of all time.


Gilbert White came to Columbia in 1987 having been a 1,000-point scorer in high school, but quickly showed her prowess at the defensive end of the court. She blocked 101 shots as a first-year, an NCAA Division I record for first-years that stood for 18 years.

Over the course of her four years in Columbia Blue, Gilbert White established numerous firsts in the history of the women’s basketball program.

She scored 1,309 points in her career – the most ever by a Columbia women’s basketball player in NCAA Division I competition. Her 937 career rebounds are the most ever by a Columbia woman, in any division.  Her career mark of 305 blocked shots is more than twice as many as any other Columbia women’s basketball player in history.

A second team All-Ivy League selection as a junior, Gilbert White established another first for the program in 1991, when she became the first Columbia women’s basketball player to be named first team All-Ivy League.

Following graduation, Gilbert White worked for six years for a pharmaceutical advertising company in New York City and has spent the last 12 years working at Choate Rosemary Hall Boarding School in Wallingford, Conn. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Tom, and their three children, Holden, Ellen and Landon.


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